This is the bag that unites royalty and It-girls

By Alice Cary

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From Kate Middleton to Gigi Hadid, this is the bag on everyone's arm

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From Chanel’s iconic 2.55 to the Hermès Birkin, some handbags transcend trends and unite fashion followers from all walks of life. Diana, Princess of Wales regularly carried Dior’s Lady Dior bag and Gucci’s bamboo-handle tote; designs which have since become popular with Gen-Z fashion plates, for example.

Emily Ratajkowski with an emerald croc version of Aspinal’s Mayfair bag. Photo: Getty

Aspinal’s elegant Mayfair bag, launched in 2008, also has ties to both royals and celebrities. It was the third bag designed by creative director Mariya Dykalo and has since evolved to become a trademark of the brand – the Midi is a bestseller, while the Nano is Dykalo’s tiny take on the micro bag trend.

The Duchess carried the black style for a visit to Copenhagen. Photo: Getty

The Duchess of Cambridge carrying her handy Aspinal Mayfair midi bag in January last year. Photo: Getty

The Duchess of Cambridge owns at least two colourways of the Mayfair – including lilac and black – while Emily Ratajkowski and Gigi Hadid are fans of the classic black and emerald croc versions, respectively. The Duchess carried the black style for a visit to Copenhagen, paired with a poppy red blazer and tailored trousers.

Gigi Hadid was spied with her Aspinal Midi Mayfair on Bella Hadid’s birthday eve. Photo: Getty

The latter models have shown how to bring the traditional ladylike bag styles bang up to date for now. Emily wore hers with a feathered off-the-shoulder top from Saint Laurent, skinny black jeans and knee-high boots from Schutz for an appearance on Saturday Night Live, while Gigi celebrated her sister Bella Hadid’s 25th birthday wearing a a grey tweed bustier and matching pocketed cargo trousers from St John’s spring/summer 2022 collection, with her Aspinal Mayfair in hand.

Vogue Scandinavia's eyewear expert Betty Bachz posing with her Aspinal Mayfair. Photo: Getty

The It-girls and royalty can agree on one thing: Aspinal’s Mayfair is a sure-fire winner, come day or night. Shop the sleekest styles below.

Aspinal of London: The new it-bag

Midi Mayfair Bag - Black patent croc

Aspinal of London

Mini Mayfair Bag - Ivory Patent Croc

Aspinal of London

Nano Mayfair - Midnight Blue Patent Croc

Aspinal of London

Mayfair Bag - Evergreen Patent Croc

Aspinal of London


Originally published on Vogue UK